As anyone who has ever endured an open-mic set at a comedy club can tell you, it’s not easy to make people laugh. From setup to punchline, Peter Simpson turns to Christian McPerson and Miriam Toews to find out what it takes to get humour just right on the page. Miriam Toews, winner of the Governor General's Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, a National Magazine Award for Humour and finalist for the Giller Prize and the Stephan Leacock Medal for Humour and the author of A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans and Irma Voth, shares the stage with Ottawa writer Christian McPherson, whose first novel, The Cube People, is a hilarious and slightly surreal tale of discontented bureaucrats in the federal civil service in Ottawa. Peter Simpson, the Ottawa Citizen's arts editor at large and writer of the Citizen's Big Beat blog on the city's arts scene hosts the conversation on how to be funny and still be taken seriously. Tickets: $10 ($5 reduced). Free for members. (thebookpile)
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